Within their successful co-operation going on for several years, B+N Referencia Zrt. and the Schulek Frigyes Dual Language Construction Technology Secondary School of Budapest announced a joint competition for students for creating a concept for a classroom. Each of the 12 entries submitted were of really high professional standards and carefully thought-out. The jury chose the team called ‘This team name is already taken’ to be the winner and their project is going to be implemented by the company. B+N Referencia Zrt. has also organised a professional and leisure trip for the members of the winning team to Prague.
B+N Referencia Zrt. has been providing cleaning and disinfection services to the Nyírő Gyula Hospital in Budapest since 2014. In the past 8 years, strong ties have been established between the two entities, besides business relations. As a result, when the hospital decided to increase its capacities to a certain extent, we had no doubts about whether to provide assistance to this process. As part of this, we have given support to the acquisition of new kitchen machines and equipment.
Since 1st June 2022, B+N Referencia Zrt. has been responsible for the cleaning and disinfection services to be rendered at the National Institute of Oncology. According to the Public Procurement and Supply Directorate’s decision announced on 16th March 2021, B+N has been awarded a public procurement contract in a tender for providing hospital cleaning services. The contract is for 3+1 years. This service package also includes the agreement recently concluded with the National Institute of Oncology – reported portfolio.hu.
The ”Property X” Conference was organised by Portfolio in Balatonfüred on 8-9th June 2022. The world’s property market is going through historic changes that require comprehensive and complex solutions. The conference touched upon current topics like traditional and flexible office solutions, facility management as well as the impacts and views of the construction industry on the domestic property market.
B+N Referencia Zrt., as a major sponsor of the event, presented several of its breakthrough technology innovations with the aim of revolutionizing hygiene in hospitals. They can drastically improve the safety of patients and healthcare professionals in the near future.
B+N Referencia Zrt. opened a smartly decorated classroom at the Schulek Frigyes Dual Language Construction Technology Secondary School in Budapest in the autumn of 2021 to the students of the school. The classroom refurbished by the company meets the requirements of the 21st century in every respect. Not long ago, this co-operation continued with a creative project.
Interclean Amsterdam is one of the world’s largest cleaning industrial fairs and conferences for professionals, where the most prestigious players of the cleaning and hygiene industry take part. The Innovation Lab, the Robot Arena and the Zero Waste Dome bring the latest innovative solutions, trends and developments into the limelight. The profession now shares the […]
The magazine programme ’Innovator’ features the developments of Hungarian researchers, engineering achievements as well as the exciting innovations and technical solutions of Hungarian enterprises. The various episodes show how the different innovations impact our lives and what we can benefit from them on a daily basis. This time, the programme featured ROBIN, the cleaning robot, i.e. the engineering feat of the research & development department of B+N Referencia Zrt.
Prague Property Forum: The majority of Czech companies have brought their employees back to the office
The Property Forum 2022 organised in Prague on May 10 is one of the leading property-related events in the Czech Republic. The event featured the most respected experts of the property market. One of the most popular panel discussion’s participants, besides other famous experts, was Libor Holik, CEO of B+N Referencia Zrt. Czech Republic and Slovakia. The title of the discussion was ‘Flexible and Digital – The Office of the Future’.
The Budapest Airport “Shape of Success” prize-giving ceremony and gala took place in the last days of April. At this event, the enterprises having a role in the successful operations of the airport were awarded in several categories.
In one of its decrees in 2020, the Hungarian government made a decision about the renovation of state-financed public hospitals included in the ‘Healthy Budapest’ program. The resoluteness of the cabinet is shown by the fact that an amount of HUF 60 billion was allocated to this project, which sum was later increased by HUF 14.8 billion. We are proud that B+N is carrying out the complex renovation work.
Construction Industry 2022 conference: the sustainability of buildings is becoming more and more important
In 2022, the ‘Construction Industry 2022’ conference, the exclusive event of the Hungarian construction industry, has been organised for the fourth time by Porfolio in Budapest. B+N Referencia Zrt. was represented by Fit-out Director Péter Puskás.
The founders include private enterprises, research institutes and universities like B+N Referencia Zrt., Rolinkbiotechnology, Lighttech, Purgolux Kft. or the University of Szeged.
The new Museum Quarter in the famous City Park (Városliget) of Budapest is a prominent cultural and touristic attraction of the capitol city. The newly-built and renovated public buildings offer a new focal point in Budapest. The Liget Budapest Project is now Europe’s largest cultural urban development project recognised with prestigious international awards, combining the largest-scale park and landscape architecture project in Hungary’s history with an institution development program unprecedented since the great Millennium period. The City Park has become a more liveable place rich in reputable institutions, once again worthy of its former glory.
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSCIOUSNESS, ENERGY CONSERVATION AND THE REDUCTION OF OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT ARE OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE
In the first quarter of 2022, the area offered by the modern office market in Budapest totalled at 4 million square metres. This is the reason why portfolio.hu has asked facility management experts about this topic and published an article by the title “Now, Our Life Is at Stake! – The Next 10 Years Are Unpredictable in the Real Estate Market”.
The innovations of the R&D unit of B+N Referencia Zrt. can efficiently help in preventing hospital infections and thus the safety of patients can be significantly improved – say Zsuzsanna Nagy, Director of Hygiene Services and biologist Dr. Ágnes Ősz, Senior Research Fellow in their interview given to IME (the Journal of Hungarian Interdisciplinary Medicine).
COVID-19 has significantly changed what clients are looking for across different real estate sectors, including facility management. Libor Holík, CEO of B+N Czech Republic and Slovakia talked to Property Forum about current challenges and opportunities in the facility management business.
B+N Referencia Zrt. has taken over one of the flagships of the facility management industry in Poland, i.e. INWEMER. With this step, the Hungarian market leader has reached the top in the Central European region as well.
B+N Referencia Zrt, as the winner of a tender announced last year, has been awarded with a contract for the provision of cleaning services at the Václav Havel Airport in Prague for another 4 years, starting on 1st January 2022.
Findings from the 2021 Top European Facility Management Survey. The Swiss-based Drees & Sommer AG has recently published their survey presenting Europe’s top facility management companies.
The Portfolio Property Conference was held in Prague on 23rd November 2021, covering the current trends of the real estate sector. At the panel discussion titled “The Key Word Is Flexibility”, our company was represented by Libor Holik, CEO of B+N in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Hungarian Cleaning Technology Association (MATISZ) recently held its 12th annual professional conference by the title “New World, New World Order”. Csaba Szij, Deputy CEO of B+N spoke about the most significant issues having an impact on the sector and the development of the industry.
Petra Nikolic, CEO of B+N Slovenia has received the “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the highly efficient management of the company. Ms Nikolic was given the award on the “Female Entrepreneurs’ Day” organised by the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry as part of the […]
The experts of the “South East European Property Forum” organised in Bucharest reviewed the situation affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our company was represented by Angelica Pantilie, CEO of B+N Romania at the “Back to the Office – New Workplace Strategies” panel discussion. The moderator opened the discussion by putting fundamental questions people are most […]
Portfolio organised the ‘CEE Property Forum’, which has been the number one real estate event in the region since 2013, in Vienna not long ago. One of the most anticipated discussions of the conference was about the current and future trends of the office market. Our group of companies was represented by Libor Holik, CEO […]
In spring 2021, B+N Referencia Zrt. acquired the interests of ISS Group in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary. With this move, the Hungarian company group has become one of the largest facility operators in the region. As a logical continuation of this expansion, the company purchased a 100% stake in the Slovenian subsidiary of ISS.
On 15 September 2021, Portfolio organised the “Property Investment Forum” conference in Budapest. One of the most interesting panel discussions of the 2021 Real Estate Summit was on the post-pandemic office market. The panel discussion was also attended by Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi, CEO of B+N. Well-known experts in the industry discussed, among other things, whether the […]
Has the cost of facility management decreased or increased in the years of the COVID? What does the data show? What we can expect from health and hygiene solutions in the real estate market, and what this means in practice, were the topics discussed by experts in the fourth session of FM & Hybrid Office. […]
With an internationally significant acquisition, the Hungarian group became one of the most notable facility management providers in the region. The transaction concerns the main subsidiaries of the ISS Group in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary. This expansion also represents a significant step from the point of view of the entire Hungarian economy.
FERENC KIS-SZÖLGYÉMI: A LEAP IN THE QUALITY OF CLEANING IN INSTITUTIONS COMPARABLE TO THE SWITCH FROM A LANDLINE TO A MOBILE PHONE
There is a new world coming in the field of cleaning, cleanliness and institutional disinfection in Hungarian public hospitals. Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi described it as a framework agreement and stressed hospitals have the opportunity to organize their cleaning service on their own as they do not have to make use of this central option. However, there is a change in the need to meet new, uniform and higher standards in the field of hygiene. And with that, he thinks, everyone will win – article by portfolio.hu.
What is it that affects our wallets, our health, and our mental and physical performance at the same time? János Nagy, Head of Electrical Engineering of the B+N’s Operations Directorate and President of the Hungarian Lighting Technology Association, spoke about the complex effects of well-chosen indoor lighting in Millásreggeli – article by fmbusiness.hu.
Facility management is an older profession than many of us would think. In various forms, FM professionals have been in business for a long time. The significance of their work is best shown by the old buildings, even several hundred years old, which have survived the years in all their splendour and are still in operation today.
It destroys almost all common pathogens in a minute. Metropol.hu’s photo report about B+N Referencia Zrt.’s fast and efficient UV-based disinfection equipment.
We have collected some of the more important articles written about B+N Referencia Zrt. B+N and Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi in the limelight.
“B+N Referencia Zrt. has developed a unique mobile UV sterilization device for the rapid disinfection of public transport vehicles. Production of the first 20-piece series of the equipment suitable for sterilization will be finished by the end of February,” Világgazdaság wrote. With the mobile device, it will take a maximum of one minute to kill 99.9 percent of common pathogenic microorganisms.
VIRUS ELIMINATION AND DISINFECTION WITH THE POWER OF UV: THE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT OF B + N REFERENCIA ZRT. WORKS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF FAST AND EFFICIENT UV-BASED DISINFECTION EQUIPMENT IN SEVERAL FIELDS OF APPLICATION.
B+N Referencia Zrt.’s R&D department is currently working on, among other things, the development of a train disinfector and an unmanned UV disinfector, which will take a maximum of 1 minute to kill 99.9 percent of microorganisms. In 2019, the company’s own research and development department already successfully introduced its innovative cleaning robot, called ROBIN, which was invented for the automated cleaning of large areas, thus helping to carry out largely human-intensive work.
“What concerns FM professionals the most currently? Can FM be considered a profession at all? What are the most important services and what are the expectations regarding the impact of the introduction of the proptech approach and its specific actions? These are just some of the questions participants in the panel discussion of the Property Investment Forum 2020 conference tried to answer,” portfolio.hu reported.
“I, the President of Hungary, hereby award János Nagy, Head of Electrical Engineering of the B+N’s Operations Directorate and President of the Hungarian Lighting Technology Association, with the Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit in recognition of his outstanding professional activity in the field of lighting technology and energy as well as his exemplary community service.” – János Áder, President of Hungary. (Photo: Endre Véssey)
B+N Referencia Zrt.’s subsidiary Referencia Mosodák Zrt. has installed one of the largest and most modern washing machines in the country, suitable for washing hospital textiles. In Szeged, the amount of water and chemicals used for washing has greatly decreased due to the EUR500.000+ investment. Reference Mosodák Zrt. has a nationwide reach and is one of the leading textile cleaning companies in Hungary: it serves more than eighty hospital sites in its nine regional laundries.
If there is anyone who found themselves under extreme responsibility and pressure during the coronavirus, it is – beside doctors and nurses – the people responsible for cleanliness and hygiene, especially those working in healthcare institutions, on public transport vehicles and stations. In the past months as the global trade system was collapsing, the acquisition of proper protective equipment and detergents was not an easy feat, and yet, this was one of the most crucial elements of ensuring satisfactory protection from the virus. Hungarian website portfolio.hu asked B+N Referencia Zrt. Deputy CEO Csaba Szij about the most difficult moments as well as his expectations regarding the quality of cleaning, prices, wages and the general reputation of the cleaning profession.
“There is a veritable bidding war for antiseptic detergents” – sometimes we even have to pay 10 times as much as the normal price
The importance of facility management companies has reached unprecedented heights. Beside providing the uninterrupted maintenance of empty buildings even in the middle of the home office surge, they also ensure that employers and passengers are met with cleanliness in bigger office buildings, hospitals or even on public transport vehicles. All this in an environment where there is a veritable bidding war for antiseptic detergents and cleaning supplies are sometimes charged for 10 times as much as their normal price, wrote portfolio.hu.
They have been standing their ground at their workplace for weeks, mitigating the negative effects of the coronavirus. Doctors, nurses, ambulance crew, patient care crew, cleaners, IT experts, couriers, drivers, truck drivers, teachers, social workers, pharmacists, shopping assistant, dustman: all making heroic efforts to carry out their work to the best of their knowledge. Our heroine, B+N Referencia Zrt. employee Mrs Piroska Bordás Antal was interviewed by Fanny magazine
Cleaning and disinfection – for some, this is an everyday task and yet they are not duly appreciated. B+N Referencia Zrt. has launched its campaign titled Look around and see, wrote hvg.hu.
Companies employing professional cleaners are struggling with labour shortage. The reason for this, among others, is the low social prestige and the general lack of appreciation. In order to make a difference, Hungary’s biggest facility management company, B+N Referencia Zrt. has launched a social sensitivity campaign. Look around and see!
Look around and see! – A menial job that has become extremely important for everyone, says porfolio.hu. With its campaign “Look around and see”, Hungary’s biggest facility management company is trying to raise awareness of the value and importance of the cleaning profession as well as sets an example by appreciating its employees standing their ground in difficult times.
We have all saluted the heroic efforts of health care workers, but for the safe working of a hospital there are other essential tasks to be carried out too, said femcafe.hu on the increased importance of Referencia Mosodák Zrt. employees.
In the framework of the Virtual Power Plant Program our colleague János Nagy has won the Energy Advisor of the Year 2020 Prize. The program was patroned by Hungarian President Dr. János Áder and Special Commissioner of the Prime Minister Dr. Katalin Szili.
We talked with hygiene expert Zsuzsa Nagy, head of the Hospital Cleaning Branch of B+N Referencia Zrt., about questions concerning viral diseases, personal and professional solutions.
By the end of next year B+N can work with as many as 100 cleaning robots. This year the turnover of B+N Referencia Zrt. may increase by even 10-15%, Csaba Szij, Deputy CEO of the cleaning company generating a 23.27-bn forint revenue and a 2.74-bn forint profit last year, said to Világgazdaság.
Following ICA, it will be ROBIN’s turn to dominate the market, and by a huge margin. B+N Referencia Zrt. is deploying 20 new in-house developed cleaning robots in several domestic public buildings as well as in Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, announced the Hungary’s leading facility management company during Wednesday’s press conference.
At B+N Zrt. it is our top priority to constantly develop the professional expertise and competences of our staff. We are quite aware that the human capital of our staff contributes to the value of our company and that is how we can continuously deliver our partners top quality service. We strive to make it possible for as many of our employees as possible to extend their knowledge regardless of the position that they currently hold. That is why we applied for the VEKOP-8.5.2-17 – In-house training support for corporate employees tender.
The hygiene level of the terminals of budapest ferenc liszt international airport has improved significantly
Passenger rating of Budapest Ferenc Liszt international Airport improved significantly in the first half of 2019, as revealed from an independent international passenger satisfaction survey (ASQ), in the framework of which passengers rated the most relevant airport services based on 36 different criteria, wrote bud.hu.
Airport Security Zrt. is testing our unique, in-house developed cleaning robot at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in an attempt to introduce higher quality automated cleaning regime.
One of the greatest challenges of facility management is ensuring a steady labour supply. The cleaning profession is less and less alluring to the younger generation, therefore different programmes have been developed to address the issue.
For a couple of weeks the airport’s facility management has been working in close cooperation with B+N Referencia Zrt., the new owner of Airport Security Zrt., on the continuous improvement of the airport’s hygiene level.
B+N Referencia Zrt. was founded in 1993. By now, the once only cleaning company has become one of the biggest Facility Management providers of the Hungarian market, currently ranking 334th on the list of Hungary’s 500 biggest companies. Our range of services goes beyond classic facility management or cleaning and covers comprehensive document management services as well as textile management and the sales of work protection equipment.
Airport Security Zrt. is testing our unique, in-house developed cleaning robot at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in an attempt to introduce higher quality automated cleaning regime.
The revolution of robots has begun – will it bring a sweeping change to the entire real estate market?
‘Are there areas of facility management where robots have already taken over? How will proptech affect operating costs? And how can the profession be popularized for the generations to come?’, asked István Rézsó, Head of Business Development, Cushman & Wakefield, at the FM+PM panel discussion of the Property Investment Forum 2018 conference.
‘Currently, one of the greatest challenges of facility management is labour shortage, something even technological development can’t solve in the short run’, according to speakers at the Portfolio FM & Office 2018 conference.
Similarly to other fields of the Hungarian economy, property management and facility management are also hit hard by labour shortage, the solution of which might be wage increase and technological development.